MUNICH, Germany April 14
— The SS identity card of 90-year-old alleged former Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk is "authentic," an independent expert told his trial in Germany on Wednesday.
"You couldn't reproduce something like this, even with state-of-the-art machinery," expert Anton Dallmayer told the court in Munich, after comparing the card with three others believed to be genuine.
"In conclusion I would say that distinguishing features on the ID card in question match those on the other ID cards, and that therefore all in all it can be considered as authentic."
In what is set to be one of the last cases of its kind, Demjanjuk has been on trial since November, charged with helping murder 27,900 people at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1943.
With no witnesses able to say they could remember Demjanjuk, the ID card is the prosecution's only piece of concrete evidence it says links him to Sobibor. Demjanjuk denies the charges and says the document is a forgery.